2011 Butternut Valley Summer Harvest Festival, Morris, NY, Thursday, August 11, 2011

By Neil B. Miller | August 9th, 2011

Three times a charm for BVA summer harvest festival.

The Butternut Valley Alliance’s third annual Summer Harvest Festival will take place on Aug. 11 in Guy Rathbun Park, Morris, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

The festival is held in conjunction with the weekly Morris Farmers’ Market, which the festival promotes. The market features upwards of ten vendors, hailing from as nearby as Morris and as far away as South Brookfield in Madison County, and offers fresh produce, cheeses, meat and poultry, maple syrup, baked goods and plants.

There also will be a display of farm animals by local 4H members.

Free samples of dishes prepared with locally grown vegetables by the Empire House Restaurant will be served, as well as ice cream and yogurt. Baskets of produce will be given away as part of a free raffle.

Entertainment includes a full lineup of live music, including the Doug Ernst Family Band, Expectations with Lisa Sorensen, Tributary with Kathy Shimberg & Friends, and Ken Held (formerly of Fetish Lane) and Friends.

The BVA will have tables with information on the organization’s activities, such as nature and wildflower walks, boat trips on the Butternut Creek, water quality monitoring and gas-drilling education. The BVA’s “Guide to Local Farm Food,” will also be available. Colorful tee-shirts with the event’s logo will be sold by BVA, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to encourage the preservation and protection of the environmental qualities, farming and cultural heritage, economic viability, open space and village charms of the entire watershed.

The sponsors of the festival, who are non-profit organizations with compatible missions, will also have informational tables. They include the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego 2000, Otsego County Conservation Association, and the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship. The Butternut Valley Spinners will also be exhibiting.

Elected state officials, including Senator James Seward, Assemblymen Peter Lopez and Bill Magee have been invited, as have county and municipal officials from Morris, Butternuts, New Lisbon, and Pittsfield.

“We are pleased this event has been so successful and has become an annual calendar event for residents of the Butternut Valley. They have an opportunity to buy healthy and tasty local food, hear great music, see their friends and neighbors, and generally savor the pleasure of living in this valley,” said BVA president, Bob Eklund of New Lisbon.


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2011 CSA Programs in Central New York & the Finger Lakes, Part 4.

By Neil B. Miller | March 4th, 2011

This is the fourth in a series of articles Farmshed CNY is publishing on 2011 CSA programs in Central New York and the Finger Lakes. With this latest article, I have worked twice through the list of 100+ CSAs in Central New York and the Finger Lakes in the Farmshed directory (i.e., the iPhone app), and updated information for 64 CSA programs.

There are still 40 or so farms in the region that have not yet published information for their 2011 CSAs. In the next few weeks, I hope to communicate directly with these farms and obtain updated information on their 2011 CSA programs. At some point, however, probably in mid-to-late March, I need to move on to updating our Farmers Markets calendar for 2011, and begin adding farms and farming-related businesses in the Champlain Valley, Hudson Valley and Catskills to the Farmshed directory.

Once I have finished updating information on 2011 CSAs, Farmshed CNY will publish a complete listing of CSAs in the Central NY and the Finger Lakes, organized by county. Look for this final listing to be published sometime in mid-to-late March.

I hope you will review the 64 CSA programs listed in these four articles, and consider joining a CSA program in 2011. Everyone – you, your family, the farmer, and the community – benefit from supporting local farmers and keeping money in the local economy.  And please, if you have additional questions, contact the farmer! Most CSAs require a significant upfront commitment, and it’s good sense to find the right CSA for you and your family before signing up for the season. Any responsible farmer should be glad to hear from you and answer questions about his or her CSA program.

50. Porter Farms
4914 Edgerton Rd, Elba, NY 14058

Organic Fruits and Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Mike Porter
Website: http://www.porterfarms.org
Tel: 585-757-6823
Email: csa@porterfarms.org

Porter Farms runs a large, certified organic CSA program that serves 1000 members in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. Their 2011 CSA Program  begins in late June and runs 22 weeks. They offer a single Full Share with two pricing options: A Pick up Option that costs $330.00 for the season for members who pick up their shares at the farm or at sites in the Buffalo area; and a Delivery Option that costs $360.00 for shares that are delivered to sites in the Rochester area. They also offer an Early Bird discount of $20.00 for members who sign up before April 15.

Visit their website to enroll in their CSA or for additional information.

51. Genesee Valley Organic CSA
25 Nelson St., Rochester, NY 14620

Organic Vegetables and Herbs
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Dave Fergusson
Website: http://www.gvocsa.org
Tel: 585-442-5658
Email: fergy51@yahoo.com

Genesee Valley Organic CSA (GVOCSA) is one of the oldest CSAs in the United States. The products included in its 26-week seasonal CSA Program come from Peacework Farm, with additional special-order products such as baked goods, fruit, wine and maple syrup available during the Summer season, and locally raised meats available at the main distribution locations.

GVOCSA’s main 26-week seasonal CSA Program begins in mid-May and runs through mid-November. GVOCSA offers a Full Share with a sliding scale to accommodate people of different incomes costing from $440.00 to $680.00. They also offer a Shared Share that splits a Full Share among two or more households, and a Partial Share that costs $325.00.  All share members pay an additional annual membership fee of $15.00. Full and Shared shares include 6-10 items per week, and Partial shares include 4-6 items per week.

GVOCSA requires all members to work as part of their share. Full and Shared Share members work a total of 17 hours during the 26-week season, 3 farm shifts of 4 hours each and 2 distribution shifts of 2 ½ hours each. Partial Share members work a total of 10 ½ hours during the 26-week season, 2 farm shifts of 4 hours each, and 1 distribution shift of 2 ½ hours.

GVOCSA’s distribution site is the warehouse/parking lot area of Abundance Cooperative Market in Rochester. Share distribution times are Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 PM and Sundays 5:30-7:00 PM.

GVOCSA also offers a Winter CSA program with vegetables from Blue Heron Farm in Lodi, NY. For additional information about GVOCSA’s CSA programs, please visit their website.

52. Peacework Farm
2231 Welcher Rd., Newark, NY 14513

Organic Vegetables and Herbs
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
Greg Palmer & Ammie Chickering
Website: http://www.gvocsa.org/web/local.html
Tel: 315-398-4007
Email: peacewkfrm@yahoo.com

Peacework Farm operates a CSA separate from GVOCSA for residents of Wayne and Ontario Counties who live within a half-hour’s drive from the farm. Local CSA members pick up their weekly shares at the farm. The CSA runs for the same 26-week season as the GVOCSA main season.

The general terms of Peacework Farm’s 2011 CSA Program are the same as the GVOCSA Program. Their 2011 26-week seasonal CSA Program begins in mid-May and runs through mid-November. They offer a Full Share with a sliding scale to accommodate people of different incomes costing from $440.00 to $680.00. They also offer a Shared Share that splits a Full Share among two or more households, and a Partial Share that costs $325.00. There is a membership fee of $5 per share or per household sharing a share. Full and Shared shares include 6-10 items per week, and Partial shares include 4-6 per week.

Peacework Farm requires all CSA members to work as part of their share. Full and Shared Share members work three 4-hour shifts at the farm; Partial shares work two 4-hour shifts.

Pick ups are at the Farm on Thursdays and Sundays. Peacework Farm does not offer a Winter CSA. For additional information on pick ups or on joining Peacework Farm’s CSA, please visit their website.

53. Heamour Farm
3723 Center Rd, Madison, NY 13402

Free-Range Eggs
Shannon and David Nichols
Website: http://www.heamourfarms.com
Tel: 315-893-7616
Email: heamour@frontiernet.net

Heamour Farms is offering a 27-week Farm Fresh Egg CSA in 2011, which runs from May 7th to November 5th. The CSA provides one dozen eggs per week, which can be picked up Saturdays at the Cazenovia Summer Farmers Market. Shares cost $94.50.

54. Sweetland Farm
9732 State Route 96, Trumansburg, NY 14886

Vegetables and Fruits
Paul Martin and Evangeline Sarat
Website: http://www.sweetlandfarm.org
Tel: 607-387-3702
Email: evangelinesarat@gmail.com

Sweet Land Farm offers Summer, Winter and Egg CSAs. Their Summer CSA Program runs 26 weeks, from June to November, and costs $510.00 per share. Summer CSA shares include pre-selected and member-selected produce, for a total of 10-20 different items per week, as well as U-Pick/PYO options.

The Egg Shares CSA runs 26 weeks during the summer and costs $104.00 ($4.00 per week). It provides 1 dozen eggs per week.

Members in the Ithaca/Trumansburg area pick up their shares are the farm on Tuesdays or Fridays. The Piggery also offers their charcuterie for sale at Friday distributions.

55. Full Plate Collective
P.O. Box 6898, Ithaca, N.Y. 14851

Katie Church
Website: http://www.freewebs.com/fullplatefarms
Tel: 607-342-7632
Email: info@fullplatefarms.org

The Full Plate Farm Collective is a multi-farm CSA in the Ithaca area that includes Remembrance Farm, Stick & Stone Farm, and Three Swallows Farm. The Full Plate Collective offers Summer and Winter CSAs, with numerous delivery and pick up options. Their 2011 Summer CSA program runs for 23 weeks and costs $509.91. A delivered weekly share is tailed for a 2-adult household and consists of a ½ bushel box containing 8-10 different vegetables per week. Members who pick up their shares at one of the farms can pack 1 grocery bag of produce per week, choosing from limited and unlimited items.

The Full Plate Collective offers two U-Pick gardens with unlimited picking amounts and access for all members, in addition their weekly shares. There are additional fuel charges for Ithaca-area and home deliveries. For additional information on delivery and pick up times and options please visit their website.

56. Lucky Moon Farm
4976 Lincklaen Rd, Cazenovia, NY 13035

Organic Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Claude & Sue Braun
Website: http://luckymoonfarm.blogspot.com
Tel: 315-655-2283
Email: luckymoonfm@gmail.com

Lucky Moon Farm is offering 50 shares in their 2011 CSA Program, which runs from June through September. A Full Share costs $525.00 delivered, and $445.00 if picked up. A Half Share costs $390.00 if delivered and $315.00 picked up. Pick ups are at the farm, or on Tuesdays in Manlius.

57. Muddy Fingers Farm
3859 Dugue Rd, Hector, NY 14841

Matthew Glenn
Website: http://www.muddyfingersfarm.blogspot.com
Tel: 607-546-4535

Muddy Fingers Farm is offering 90 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA Program runs from June through October. A Basic Share costs $400.00 and feeds 1-2 people; a Larger Share costs $520.00. Basic Share members select 5-8 vegetables each week, and Larger Share members select 7-10 vegetables each week. Muddy Fingers Farm is also looking for Working Share members who will trade their labor for the cost of a share.

Pick ups and selections of seasonal product take place at the Corning, Elmira or Watkins Glen Farmers Markets, or at the farm by special arrangement.

58. Free Bird Farm
497 McKinley Road, Palatine Bridge NY 13428

Ken Fruehstorfer and Maryellen Driscoll
Website: http://www.freebirdfarm.blogspot.com
Tel: 518-673-8822
Email: freebirdfarm@frontiernet.net

Free Bird Farm is offering 250 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA Program runs from June through October. A Full Share for local members costs $435 ($500.00 for members in the metropolitan NY/NJ area). A CSA share provides for 2 adults with children. Eggs, pasture-raised chicken, and fruit shares are also available, depending on the distribution location.

Local members pick up on Tuesday afternoons in Cooperstown, Palatine Hill and Piseco. Egg and chicken shares are also available.

59. Fiacre Gardens Microfarm
364 Merchants Road, Rochester, NY 14609

Organic Fruits and Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Chris Phillips
Website: http://saintjoeshouse.org/html/Fiacre-Gardens.html
Tel: 585-288-1073
Email: fiacregardens@yahoo.com

Fiacre Gardens Microfarm offers a fresh fruit and vegetable Summer CSA. They are offering 25 CSA shares in 2011, for a suggested donation of $360.00 per share. Fiacre Garden Microfarm also offers a Winter CSA, which provides “eco-grown” vegetables from October to May, with bi-weekly pick ups.

For additional CSA share and pick up information, please contact Chris Phillips.

60. Fiddler’s Greens
3106 Taft Rd, Bloomfield, NY 14469

Kit Fallon
Website: http://www.localharvest.org/fiddlers-greens-M28367
Tel: 315-521-9630

Fiddler’s Green’s is offering 30 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA program runs 20 weeks, from June through October. A Full Share costs $500.00, and a Half Share costs $400.00. There are 6 hours of work required on the farm. Pick ups are at the farm on Saturdays or Thursdays in Geneva.

61. Stony Creek Farm
1738 Freer Hollow Road, Walton, NY 13856

Vegetables and Herbs
NOFA-NY Farmers Pledge Farm
Dan and Kate Marsiglio
Website: http://www.stonycreekfarm.org
Tel: 607-865-7966
Email: info@stonycreekfarm.org

Stony Creek Farm is offering a 20-week CSA program in 2011. A Standard Share costs $425.00, with a discounted rate of $400.00 for early payment by April 15th. There is also a Working Share of $350.00. Each CSA share will include 5-7 seasonal vegetables and herbs.

Pick ups are Thursdays at the farm or Sundays at the Franklin Farmers Market. There is also a possible Oneonta delivery. For additional information, please contact Kate Marsiglio.

62. UUCC-Canandaigua CSA/Fellenz Farm
3024 Cooley Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Organic Fruit and Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
Andy Fellenz
Website: http://www.fellenzfamilyfarm.com/UUCCCSA.html
Tel: 585-260-2477
Email: fellenz@fltg.net

The UUCC-Canandaigua CSA is run by Fellenz Farm. Shares include certified organic fruit and vegetables. Members enjoy flexibility in determining the contents of their weekly shares, choosing several items to supplement what is already included in their share.

The UUCC-Canandaigua CSA runs 24 weeks from May 23 to October 31. A Small Share costs $480.00, and a Large Share costs $600.00. Small Shares typically have 6-8 items, and Large Shares 8-12 items. Fellenz Farms partners with other farms to offer at extra cost: poultry, beef and pork at least once a month, honey at least twice each season, eggs on a regular basis, and cheese once or twice a season. CSA members are also offered discounted U-Pick opportunities and discounts on fruits and vegetables for canning.

There is also a Work Option, where members receive a $50.00 rebate after working 12 hours on the farm. Share pick up is Monday evening from 5:15-7:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 3024 Cooley Rd. in Canandaigua. Pick up at the farm can also be arranged.

63. Transfiguration CSA/Fellenz Farm
50 W Bloomfield Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534

Organic Fruit and Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
Andy Fellenz
Website: http://www.fellenzfamilyfarm.com/TransfigurationCSA.html
Tel: 585-260-2477
Email: fellenz@fltg.net

The Transfiguration CSA is run by Fellenz Farm. Shares include certified organic fruit and vegetables. Members enjoy flexibility in determining the contents of their weekly shares, choosing several items to supplement what is already included in their share.

The Transfiguration CSA runs 26 weeks from June 3 to November 18. A Small Share feeds 2-3 people and costs $520.00; a Large Share feeds a family cooking most nights and costs $650.00. Small Shares typically have 6-8 items, and Large Shares 8-12 items. A Micro Share with 4 items per week costs $350.00. Members will receive a double distribution including storage vegetables on November 18. There is also a Work Option, where members receive a $50.00 rebate after working 12 hours on the farm.

Fellenz Farms partners with other farms to offer at extra cost: poultry, beef and pork at least once a month, honey at least twice each season, eggs on a regular basis, and cheese once or twice a season. CSA members are also offered discounted U-Pick opportunities and discounts on fruits and vegetables for canning.

Share distribution is Friday from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Transfiguration Church at 50 W. Bloomfield Road in Pittsford. Some work at the distribution is required. Pick up at the farm can also be arranged.

64. Free Soil Farm
17 Avon Rd, Geneseo, NY 14454

Corrin Strong and Amy Carpenter
Website: http://www.freesoilfarm.org
Tel: 585-233-5338
Email: csa@freesoilfarm.org

Free Soil Farm is offering 20 CSA shares in 2011. Unlike a traditional CSA, which requires members to purchase and commit to a full season of produce in advance, the Free Soil Farm CSA consists of a one-month contract. Members purchase $50.00 worth of “Little Green Bucks,” which entitles them to select and purchase $75.00 worth of produce at the farm’s Little Green Market, which is located off Avon Road just north of the Livingston County Courthouse and is open 7 days a week. CSA members can renew their one-month contracts throughout the growing season.


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2011 CSA Programs in Central New York & the Finger Lakes, Part 1.

By Neil B. Miller | January 23rd, 2011

It’s difficult to imagine in mid-January that Spring is just around the corner, but the days are in fact getting longer, the sun already feels a bit brighter, and farmers have ordered their seeds for 2011 and are thinking about seedlings and tunnels and the season’s first plantings. Supporters of local farming in Central New York, in turn, should to be thinking about whether they are going to participate in a CSA program in 2011, and if so which CSA they are going to join.

To assist everyone in their decisions, Farmshed CNY is publishing a series of articles over the next month or so that will provide up-to-date information on 2011 CSA programs in Central New York and the Finger Lakes, as we obtain information from different farms and update our records. All of the CSA listings in the Farmshed directory (i.e., the iPhone app), will also be updated with this information.

Diane Eggert of Cobblestone Creek Farm, standing in front of a 2010 weekly "Harvest Share" pick-up.

One of most noteworthy aspects of CSA programs in Central New York is the range and diversity of plans and options available to consumers. Some CSAs are small and extremely personal, developing a close relationship between a small grower working a few acres of land and a dozen or so shareholders who pick-up their weekly shares at the farm, and may even need to U-pick or work at the farm. Other CSAs have many 100s of members and deliver throughout the state, even down to New York City.

This diversity shows up as well in what each farm grows, how they grow it, how long their CSA runs, and what they charge for their shares. Certified and non-certified organic, and IPM (Integrated Pest Management) farms; vegetable, fruit and meat producers all offer CSAs, with some programs running just a few weeks, and others running the entire year.

Given this diversity, it pays to do a bit of research, and to find a CSA that best suits your needs and budget. And keep in mind, many CSA members renew their shares year-after-year, so that the most popular CSAs – even the largest ones – may already be full before the season begins, or may only be able to take on a few new members.

When it comes to selecting a CSA, the sooner you decide which program is right for you, the sooner both you and the farmer benefit: you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are getting the product you want, grown the way you want, from a farmer you know and trust, while the farmer gains the security of knowing that much of his or her produce is bought and paid for before they even plant the first seedling. Folks who wait until March or April to select a CSA program will almost certainly find that many, perhaps most of the CSAs they were considering are sold out for the season. And if  you think Spring feels a long way off, imagine being put on a waiting list till 2012. You snooze, you lose out on some great locally grown produce.

I hope everyone will consider joining a CSA in 2011. The benefits to you, your family, local farmers and the local economy are well documented, and the risks are minimal. CSAs bring us closer to the people who grow our food, to the land itself, and to each other.

I also hope this list of 2011 CSA programs is helpful in deciding which program is right for you and your family. And remember, if you have questions, contact the farmer! They should be glad to hear from you and answer your questions.

1. AJ Greenleaf
208 Genesee St, Cayuga, NY 13034

Certified Organic and Non-Treated Vegetables
Abbott Greenleaf
Website: http://www.localharvest.org/aj-greenleaf-M33869
Tel. 315-253-7512

AJ Greenleaf is offering 20 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA program runs 20 weeks beginning the 4th week of May and costs $340. They also offer an Extended Harvest share that runs 24 weeks and costs $360.00, which must be purchased before March 1; and a Camp Special share from Memorial Day to Labor Day that costs $260.00. No work is required at the farm. Weekly pickup is at the farm.

2. Alambria Springs Farm
834 Musician Rd, Earlville, NY 13332

Organic and Biodynamically Grown Vegetables and Herbs
NOFA-NY Farmers Pledge Farm
Amy Yahna & Brian Musician
Website: http://www.alambriafarm.com/blog/
Tel: 315-837-4769
Email: womandance@frontiernet.net

Alambria Springs Farm is offering 80 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA program runs approximately 24 weeks, from the first weekend of June through November. They offer a number of different CSA share and pickup/delivery options:

Full Family Share: A full bushel basket of produce weekly – $640.00
Split Share: A full bushel basket split with your partner – $320.00 each
Couples Share: Three quarters of a bushel of produce weekly – $515.00

Pick-up and Delivery Options:
Mix & Match Pick-up at the Farm, Saturday or Tuesday

Pre-packed Box Delivery in Hamilton, Tuesday afternoon/evening; The Copper Turret in Morrisville, Thursday 3-7pm; Norwich, Saturday 5-8:30pm.  Delivery charges may apply. For details and additional information please visit their website.

3. Ambrosia Farms
Box 463, Bridgewater, NY 13313

Naturally grown vegetables and greens
Nina and Gene DeBar
Website: http://www.natlnutrients.blogspot.com/
Tel: 800-221-9755
Email: ambrosiafarmsny@yahoo.com

Ambrosia Farms Multi-Farm CSA offers 20 weeks of fresh vegetables for $195.00. Shareholders select or “UPick” their own weekly share of fresh vegetables and fruit as they are seasonally available. Poultry, ducks, eggs, baked goods and products from neighboring farms are also available for additional purchase.

4. Bella Farms
Lafayette, NY 13084

Organic vegetables
Cameron Terzini
Website: http://www.bellafarmsny.com
Tel: 315-552-4650
Email: cameron@bellafarmsny.com

Bella Farms is a new farm, and is offering 40 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA program runs for 20 weeks and costs $495.00, which is payable in three installments of $165.00 each. Weekly shares can be picked up at the farm, at the Syracuse Regional Market, or home delivery can be arranged. Shareholders register on-line on the Bella Farms website.

5. CSA CNY/Grindstone Farm
780 County Route 28, Tinker Tavern Road, Pulaski, NY 13142

Certified Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Website: http://www.grindstonefarm.com/Go.aspx/CSA
Tel: 315-298 4139
Email: customerservice@grindstonefarm.com

Grindstone Farm, one of Central New York’s flagship organic farms, offers one of the largest and most diverse CSA programs in the region, with a broad range of share options for different needs and budgets:

Early Bird Spring Share: $165 (5 weeks, May 12-June 9)
Full Season Share: $565 (20 weeks, June 14-Oct 27, 5% discount if ordered by April 18)
Academic Share: $250 (8 weeks, Sept 6-Oct 27)
Winter Season Share: $250 (8 weeks, Nov 3-Dec 22)
Working Share: $565, ($415 after reimbursement; 20 weeks, June 15-Oct 28)

Additional Specialty Shares:
Egg Share: $60 (20 weeks, June 14-Oct 27)
Flower Share: $80 (10 weeks, Aug 11-Oct 13)

For more information on share options, terms and delivery location, please visit their website.

6. Cobblestone Creek Farm
7350 Collamer Rd., E. Syracuse, NY 13057

Steve & Diane Eggert
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/E-Syracuse-NY/Cobblestone-Creek-Farm/433783315105
Email: cobblestonecreekfarm@gmail.com

Cobblestone Creek Farm offers a 24-week CSA “Harvest Share” program that begins June 14 and continues to Thanksgiving. A Full Share feeds a family of four and costs $600; a Half Share feeds two adults and costs $300.  Shares are picked up at the farm Tuesday afternoons, and additional produce is available for purchase at pick-up.

7. Common Thread Community Farm
3424 Lake Moraine Rd, Madison, NY 13402

Organic Vegetables
NOFA-NY Farmers Pledge Farm
Chris Babis & Amy Brown
Website: http://www.commonthreadcsa.com
Tel: 315-893-7767
Email: info@commonthreadcsa.com

Common Thread Community Farm offers CSA shares from June to mid-November, with two delivery options: a Local Share for $495.00, which members pick up on the farm, and mix-and-match from each week’s seasonal produce; and a Delivered Box Share for $525.00. Deliveries are made to Syracuse, Fayetteville, Manlius, Cazenovia and Clinton. The farm shop also offers for sale locally produced food and personal care products.

8. Daring Drake Farm
7726 Rock River Rd, Interlaken, NY 14847

Organic Fruit
NOFA-NY Farmers Pledge Farm
John Reynolds and Shannon O’Connor
Website: http://www.daringdrake.com/
Tel: 607-532-4956

UPDATE 1/24: Daring Drake Farm’s 2011 Fruit CSA is already sold out for the season. They are taking names for their 2012 waiting list.

Daring Drake Farm operates a 30–share fruit CSA in the Ithaca/Finger Lakes region, which typically sells out every year. As of right now, they still have shares available for 2011. Their CSA program runs 20 weeks, from mid-to-late June to early November.  The cost is $270.00 with a $50.00 non-refundable deposit required to secure a share. Weekly pickups are Friday at the farm, and Tuesday and Saturday at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Duck eggs, jams and jellies, and other farm products, including their new Blackduck hard cider are also available for purchase.

9. Early Morning Farm
9658 State Route 90, Genoa, NY, 13071

Organic Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
Anton Burkett
Website: http://www.earlymorningfarm.com
Tel: 315-364-6941
Email: info@earlymorningfarm.com

Early Morning Farm offers a 23-week CSA share program, beginning the first week of June and ending the first week of November. Shares are priced by the number of adults in the household: Two Adults, $506; One Adult is $391, and each additional adult is $115.  There is a 2% discount for full payment.

The farm offers a “free choice” style pick-up at the Ithaca Farmers Market and at the Montessori School of the Finger Lakes located between Auburn and Skaneateles.  Each week a few items are limited, but other than the limits members choose what they need for their household for the week.  They also offer a pre-boxed share delivered to pick-up locations in Aurora, Lansing, Ithaca and the farm.  Sign-up for a CSA on their website.

10. Ever Green Farm.
5942 Old Lake Rd, Rock Stream, NY 14878

Organic Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
Joe & Joely Zerbey
Website: http://www.evergreenfarmonline.com
Tel: 607-243-3613
Email: info@evergreenfarmonline.com

Ever Green Farm’s CSA Program runs 21 weeks from June to October. 30 Full Shares of organic vegetables are available for $425.00; Half Shares for $225.00; and a Fall Student Share (September & October) for $160.00. They also offer an Egg Share for $73.00, which adds one dozen eggs to an existing share, and a Chicken Share of 12 chickens per season for $220.00.

Pickups are at the farm on Sunday and Monday; the Geneva Farmers Market on Thursday, and the Ithaca Farmers Market on Sunday. There is no work requirement. For more information or to download a membership application, please visit their website.

11. Greyrock Farm CSA
6100 East Lake Rd., Cazenovia, NY 13035

Organic vegetables, raw milk, eggs and pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb and chicken

Matt Volz
Website: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/pages/Greyrock-Farm-CSA/159941280717659
Tel: 484-888-6254
Email: mcvolz10@gmail.com

Greyrock Farm CSA is a new year-round, 52-week CSA that will begin in June 2011. In addition to offering seasonal, organically farmed vegetables and winter/storage crops, the farm will provide organic-feed eggs, raw milk, and grass fed, pastured beef, lamb, pork and chicken. For 2011, Greyrock Farm CSA will offer 30 adult shares, and an unspecified number of children’s shares.

2011 CSA share prices are as follows:
Individual: $3,000.00 for the year, or roughly $58.00 per week.
Couples: $5,800.00 for the year ($2,900 per individual), or roughly $110.00 per week.
Families: $2,800 per adult. Children under 3 years old are free. Children age 4 are $100.00 per child; ages 5 and above are an additional $100.00 per child for each year over age 4 (age 5 is $200.00; age 6 is $300.00, etc.)

The payment schedule for the 2011 CSA program is as follows:
$500.00 due at the time of sign-up
March, 2011: 40% due on outstanding balance
June, 2011: 20% payment due
September, 2011: 20% payment due
December, 2011: 20% payment due

Members pick up their shares every Friday at the farm. A share is not a specific size or choice between certain products. Instead, each member’s share is the amount of food that member thinks he or she can eat in a week. Each member chooses what to take and what not to take. Everything produced on the farm that week is made available to the members

12. High Point Farms
9448 State Route 96, Trumansburg, NY  14886

Natural Beef, Pork & Chicken
Tina and Robert MacCheyne
Website: http://www.highpointfarms.net
Tel: 607-387-4950
Email: tina@highpointfarms.net

High Point Farms is a year-round meat CSA. CSA shares include grass-feed beef, pastured pork, and free-range chicken. High Point Farms offers two six-month CSA seasons: December to May, and June to November.  A Family Share costs $540.00 and consists of 12-13 pounds of meat, a dozen eggs and a half-pound of local cheese once a month; a Basic Share costs $330.00 and consists of 6-7 pounds of meat, one dozen eggs and 1 (8oz) pack of cheese once a month.

Pick-ups are monthly at the farm, and in Ithaca, Rochester and the New York City area.. For additional information on share sizes, and general information about a meat CSA, please visit their website.

13. Ithaca Organics
85 Simms Hill Rd., Dryden, NY 13053

Organic Vegetables
Trever and Monica Sherman
Website: http://www.ithacaorganics.com
Tel: 607-844-3435
Email: IthacaOrganics@aol.com

Ithaca Organics’ CSA program runs from June to November. They offer a Large Share for $500.00 that provides enough fresh produce for a family or household of four; and a Small Share for $375.00 for a two-person household. Pickup is at the farm on Thursday or the Ithaca Farmers Market on Sunday. Home delivery is also available for a $7.00 fee.

14. Karin’s Organic Produce
2466 Bernice Blvd., Binghamton, NY 13903

Organic Vegetables.
Karin Fuehrer
Website: http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M29400
Tel: 607-772-0976

Karin’s Organic Produce CSA offers Full and Half Shares from May through September. A Full Share costs $25.00/week, and a Half Share costs $15.00/week. There is a 10-week minimum. Weekly shares are picked up on Friday at the farm or can be delivered. No work is required.

15. Kestrel Perch Berries
220 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850

U-Pick Fruit
Katie Creeger
Website: http://www.ithacaberries.com
Tel: 607-275-0272
Email: ithacaberries@gmail.com

Kestrel Perch Berries’ 2011 CSA includes strawberries, summer red raspberries, black raspberries, black and red currants and (possibly) gooseberries. The program runs from June through July.  200 CSA shares are available costing $100.00 a share for non-working members. A 3 hour-per-season work commitment is strongly encouraged and receives a $25.00 member discount.  Members pick their own fruit at the farm on Tuesday/Wednesday or Friday/Saturday. Call or email Katie Creeger for additional information.

16. Lamb’s Quarters Organic Farm
213 Pierce Rd, Plymouth, NY 13832

Organic vegetables
NOFA-NY Farmers Pledge Farm
Drew Piaschyk & Sandy Pierce
Website: http://lambsquartersorganicfarm.com
Tel: 607-334-3481
Email: lambsqfarm@frontiernet.net

Lamb’s Quarters Organic Farm does not offer a standard CSA program. Instead, shares are tailored to the needs of individual customers. They grow certain vegetables under contract to individual shareholders. Pricing depends on what produce is desired, in what quantity, and on the level of involvement shareholders wish to have in the process. The farm offers free delivery between Plymouth and Norwich.

17. Linda’s Crispy Fresh Garden CSA
47 Hamilton Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817

Linda Crispell
Website: http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M27501
Tel: 607-539-6646

Linda’s Crispy Fresh Garden CSA is offering 25 shares for their 2011 CSA program. The CSA runs approximately 20 weeks from mid-June through October. A Full Share costs $500.00 and provides enough produce for a family of four; a Half Share costs $275.00. Members may pick and choose from seasonally available produce. Pickups are at the farm on Tuesday and Friday. Members are welcome to volunteer at the farm, but no work is required.

18. Norwich Meadows Farm
105 Old Stone Road, Norwich, NY 13815

Organic Vegetables
NOFA-NY Certified Organic
Zaid Kurdieh
Website: http://www.norwichmeadowsfarm.com
Tel: 607-336-7598
Email: norwichmeadowsfarm@Yahyoo.com

Norwich Meadows Farm runs CSA programs in Norwich and the greater NYC area, and offers both a Summer and Winter Share Program. The Summer Share runs for 20 – 22 weeks, approximately June 1st to the first or second week in November. The Winter Share runs for approximately 12 weeks, from December to April. The cost of the shares are $300.00 for an Individual and $600.00 for a Family Share. Members wanting more than a Family Share can purchase additional shares at $300.00

There are also Meat, Chicken, Dairy (milk, cheese and yogurt), Egg and Fruit Shares available. These shares are additional. For additional information and pickup information in Norwich, please contact the farm.

19. Old Path Farm
9035 Grange Hill Rd, New Hartford, NY 13413

Nancy Grove
Website: http://www.localharvest.org/old-path-farm-M12549
Tel: 315-737-8621
Email: vegetables@riseup.net

Old Path Farm is offering 75 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA runs from June through October. A CSA share costs $500.00 and provides enough produce for 2-4 people.  There are some U-pick items (beans, peas, cherry tomatoes, herbs and flowers). Pickup is at the farm on Monday. Although work is not required, volunteers are welcome.

20. Our Green Acres
3965 Waverly Road, Owego, NY 13827

Website: http://www.ourgreenacres.com
TeL; 607-687-2874
Email: frankwiles@aol.com

Our Green Acres offers a Farmstand CSA that runs from May to October. CSA members buy a share, which entitles them to select seasonal produce at the farmstand, and U-pick some vegetables for free at the farm. A $125.00 share entitles a member to $135.00 worth of produce; a $250 share entitles a member to $280.00 worth of produce. Mid-season renewal rates are $125.00 for $135.00 worth of produce, and $200.00 for $220.00 worth of produce. A member’s account is debited when they select produce. Members can select their weekly share either at the farmstand, or at the Owego and Vestal Farmers Markets.

Our Green Acres also offers year-end specials for CSA members. In the fall, surplus crops such as grape tomatoes, regular tomatoes, potatoes, winter squash, etc., will be discounted to CSA members for 50% off.


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Welcome to Farmshed

By Neil B. Miller | July 13th, 2010

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Farmshed, a free app for iPhone and iPod Touch users.  Farmshed provides a comprehensive directory of all the organic, sustainable, and direct-market farms in Central New York, from west of Rochester to east of Utica and Cooperstown, south to Oneonta, Ithaca, and the towns located along the southern edge of the Finger Lakes.

In addition to farms, Farmshed’s directory includes all of Central New York’s farmers markets, CSAs and buying clubs, produce stands, orchards, U-Pick/PYO farms, natural food stores and cooperatives, locavore restaurants, artisanal bakeries and cheesemakers, and natural, gourmet, and specialty food producers. Whew, just thinking about all these local food resources makes me hungry.

I’d like to take you on a brief tour of Farmshed, explain its key features, and provide a bit more information about the app.

1. The Splash and Home Screens.

The first thing users see when they launch the app is the Farmshed splash screen, which displays the Farmshed logo and our slogan, “Go Mobile, Buy Local.”

I know, it’s damned sexy, right?

The next screen is the app home screen, which lists the various categories of farms, food producers, and related businesses currently in the directory.  Most of these categories are self explanatory, but it’s worth pointing out that the Farms category lists only direct-market farms, which means farms that sell their products direct to consumers at farmers markets, farms stores or farm stands.  Commercial farms and dairies that wholesale their products to other companies are not listed, and CSAs – short for Community Supported Agriculture, but you already knew that – are listed as a separate category.

All of the restaurants listed in Farmshed are locally owned, locavore establishments that source at least 10% of their ingredients from local farmers and food producers.  We’re debating whether to broaden the Restaurants category to include all locally owned restaurants, and we’d like to know what you think about this.

2. List and Map Views.

The list and map screens take us into the heart of Farmshed.  Each list displays all the businesses in that category that are located in your area (more on Location Settings below).  Right now these lists display alphabetically, but we are already working on an option to display lists by name (A-Z), distance (closer-further away), and town, and will add this feature when it is completed.

Both the list and map screens allow users to view detailed records on individual businesses.  In the list view, selecting a farmers market (or farm, or restaurant, etc.), takes you to the record for that business.  In the map view, tapping on one of the green location pins displays a pop-up banner with the name and address of that farmers market; tapping the green arrow or “chevron” displayed in the banner, in turn, takes you to the record, or detail view, for that market.

3. Detail Views.

For this tour, we selected the Pittsford Farmers Market outside of Rochester as our example.  Each farmers market record lets you know the day and hours that the market meets next, the market’s schedule for the next two weeks, and the distance to the market from your current location.  You can also see what products are available for sale, the local farms (“Vendors”) that sell at the market, and view additional information about and photos of the market.  If the market has a website, you also can link directly to it.

The records for other categories, such as Restaurants, provide telephone numbers and e-mail addresses that you also can link to directly.  All displayed websites, telephone numbers and e-mails are “dynamic,” meaning you can visit a business’s website, call them, or e-mail them simply by tapping the appropriate field.

The green chevron next to the address for the Pittsford Farmers Market takes you to a map view of that specific location.  Directions to the market, or to any specific location, can be obtained by tapping the car icon in the pop-up banner.

4. Location Settings.

What makes Farmshed more than a directory of neighborhood businesses is the Location Settings feature, which allows users to automatically geo-locate their current location, or to manually select and display information for other locations.

The Location Settings feature is intuitive and easy to use.  With Automatic location turned ON, Farmshed geolocates a user’s current location and downloads data for that location.  When Automatic location is turned OFF, a keyboard rolls out so that a user can manually enter a new location, which can be a complete address, or as little as a city/state or zip code.

The other key feature in Location Settings is the Search Radius (it’s called Search Range in the screenshot, but we renamed it), which provides user with a sliding scale for setting the radius of a location search.  The narrowest setting of a 5 mile radius – a 10 mile diameter centered on a user’s location – allows users to search for producers, retailers and restaurants in their immediate location.  The maximum radius of 50 miles reflects the growing consensus that the “100 mile diet,” provides a useful benchmark for buying local.  These two simple features – Automatic/Manual location and Search Radius – put all the local food resources in your neighborhood, or anywhere in Central New York, at your fingertips.

5. Share/Social Networking.

The Share feature, which is found in the tab bar at the bottom of the home screen, provides users with a range of social networking options for sharing experiences or information with the Farmshed community.  Right now, these options include posting content to the Farmshed CNY Facebook and Twitter pages, or publishing longer pieces on the Farmshed Nation blog.  The social networking options in version 1.0 are not as robust as we would like.  Much of what we enjoy about buying local is sharing our experiences with others, and we assume that many of you feel this way as well.  So we are already considering how to broaden these options in later versions of the app.  In time, we want users to have full in-app access to their own social networks, as well as the ability to rate businesses and publish reviews, photos, videos and podcasts to their own or Farmshed’s social networks.

I hope this brief tour of Farmshed has been informative, and that you find Farmshed fun and useful.  Please, tell us what you like or dislike about the app, and share your experiences with us and other users.  We live in a region with many wonderful farms, farmers markets, and food producers, but it is not always easy to learn about or locate these businesses.  We hope Farmshed makes it easier to find and enjoy Central New York’s local and regional food resources, and that it becomes a regular companion in your explorations.  Go Mobile, Buy Local!


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